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These seminars are available upon request. Notice of upcoming seminars will be listed on the blog site and the home page.

Chinese Injury Medicine

This course will provide a practical and theoretical approach to the remedial treatment of various types of injuries employing the use of Chinese herbs. It is often referred to as “hit-fall” medicine. It can be an asset to athletes, dancers, martial artists, massage therapists and anyone who sustains injuries. This workshop is designed as an injury first aid, and can be learned and practiced by anyone. This knowledge can be of great and lasting benefit to oneself and to others.

This method can help accelerate the healing of sprains, contact injuries, bruises, hyper-extensions, swellings (due to injury or dampness), rheumatism, etc. It is beneficial to both acute and chronic injuries. Remedies for burns, cuts, skin infections, and other external afflictions will also be taught. The topics of study will include; diagnostic methods, liniment applications and techniques, and the making of Chinese herbal liniments, poultices, compresses and home remedies. Lists of herbal combinations and patent medicines will be provided.

This course is given over 2 days (weekend) for 5 hours each day.

Herbs for the injury course

Chinese Acupressure Massage

Chinese Acupressure Massage helps relieve pain and restore harmony. Pain and discomfort can result from the inhibition of the movement of blood and energy throughout the body. This can be caused by tension, over exertion, weakness, traumatic injury, the invasion of external pathogenic influences (hot, cold, dampness, etc.) or an internal imbalance.

The techniques of Acupressure Massage release tension and unblock stagnation by relaxing and opening up the affected areas; and by stimulating the smooth and continuous circulation of blood and energy. If the circulation is strong and unimpeded, there is no pain. 

This course will provide instruction in the theory and practical application of a style of Chinese Acupressure Massage for the whole body, employing the techniques of:
1. pumping acupressure points: to move the blood and energy via the arterial system to, around and through the desired locations. 
2. massage methods such as rubbing, plucking, tapping, pressing etc., to open, relax and stimulate the organs, muscles, tendons, bones and skin.
3. manipulations: to enhance the articulation of the joints and bones by stretching and releasing the tendons and muscles that are attached to them. This helps to induce the correct alignment of the body posture.

This system of Acupressure Massage is based on local rather than meridian theory, making it accessible to both practitioners and those with little or no experience. This course requires six three hour sessions. It can be done once a week for six weeks, or over two weekends. The six week option is best.

acupressure charts

 

Body Alignment Seminar

For professional and recreational dancers, body workers, yoga practitioners, athletes, martial artists and anyone interested in knowing more about their body and how it moves through space.

The course will consist of a standing posture and a walking method that help one enhance and maintain body alignment; a breathing exercise from the standing posture; imagery that helps focus mental and visual attention toward internal and external spatial awareness; a demonstration of how to align others in a prone position by compressing and counter rotating the bones and joints.

This alignment seminar will be based on the preliminary standing posture of the T’ai Chi Ch’uan exercise which is called the “center equilibrium stance”. From this stance, one aligns the skeletal structure to establish the vertical alignment through the plumb line of gravity. When the joints and bones are well placed the stress points are released, enabling the muscles to find their proper place and function around the bones.

The major principle of center equilibrium is that one can be aligned, relaxed, poised and balanced in stillness, and that this can be maintained in motion. The practice aims toward the unification of stillness and movement in continuous presence. No T’ai Chi Ch’uan experience is required.

This seminar requires a 3 to 4 hour session, and can be repeated on a second day.